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CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANG.

The following is the Corn Exchange report for the week ending, Friday evening, thelstinst.: — The fears that were entertained of injury to the crops by the recent spell of dry weather have now been dispelled. The rain, which commerced early in the evening of Wednesday, and continued throughout the night, has worked incalculable benefit. There is no alteration in the values during the .week. A few sales are taking place, but on the whole the business done is of a most unimportant character. Had the dry weather, which has been of nearly a month’s duration, continued there.,is little doubt that prices would have been .sensibly affected. Wheat.—There is still a good local demand for milling qualities. Any parcels of the foregoing description are readily saleable at from 4s to 4s 3d per bushel. Extia prime quality, of certain description, will command a shade oyer these figures. , Second-class milling samples are tolerably plentiful, and are hardly so saleable. The latter description varies so much that a wide margin nmst.be taken, viz., from 3s 3d to 3s gd. The same remark applies to thick feed samples. Sales have been made at prices between 2s and 3s per bushel. Oats.- The weakened tone of the market which was observable last week has been continued throughout this. Prices, however, are in no way affected. The want of animation is, probably, attributable to the difficulty of procuring freight, whicli has become so from the advent of the wool season. It is hardly likely, however, that values will recede, as recent returns from home prove the feasibility of shipments there. Good, stout, short milling are saleable at from is fid to Is 8d per bushel ; good feed samples, is 3d to is 4d ; indifferent, is to is 2d per bushel. Barley.—A considerable number of inferior malting samples are offering, which are exceedingly unsaleable. Brewers and maltsters’ stocks are well supplied. They, are consequently, indifferent about the before-mentioned. Extra prime malting samples are few and far between, and are saleable, although not at extreme figures. Good malting quality may be quoted at from 2s 3d to 2s fid per bushel ; extra prime, 2s to 3= fid per bushel ; feed samples, Is fid to is 8d per bushel. Gra-s Seed.—A few sales have taken place during the week. Good, heavy, well dressed parcels are worth 2s gd to 3s. per bushel; light and badly dressed, is gd to 2s fid per bushel. Cocksfoot, to 3d per lb. Potatoes.—The market has in no way improved during the past week. There are undoubtedly considerable quantities yet on hand, while the demand has not increased. Prices, however, have reached their lowest level, as farmers will not move them unless sufficient is given by the shipper to pay labor, &c. At country stations within a radius of seven or eight miles. iss to 203 per ton is asked and given. Sacks extra. Cheese and Butter.—The former is in good supply at from 4d to 4/f>d per lb. Ihe latter is moving at T%d to 8d per lb. Old keg butler is unsaleable. Hay, 50s to 55s per ton delivered in town. [by telegraph.] Dunedin, Oct. 1. Good sample milling wheat, 4 s - 4d- 1° 4s. yd. ; fowl’s wheat, zs. fid. to 35.; feed oats, is. fid. ; milling is. yd-is. Bcl - 5 malt barley, 2s. gd. to 3s. 3d. ; feed, is. gd. to 2s. fid. ; potatoes, L2 ; grass hay, Lz ios, ; oaten hay, L 3 ; medium wheat, 3 s - °d. to 45.; straw, L2 ; bran, L 3 10s, ; pollard, L 4 ios. ; flour, Lio ios. to Lii; oatmeal, L 9 ios.; pearl barley, L 18; onions, Bs. ; cheese, 4d. to sd. ; bacon, rolled, Bd.; hams, gy%d. ; sides bacon, to S'fid. per lb. (grain fed); chaff, L2 155.; prime beef, 275. fid. per loolbs.; mutton, per lb. The market is glutted with potatoes at L2.

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CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANG. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 160, 2 October 1880

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